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Guide to the Raymond Waldron papers, 1939-1994

Collection Overview

Repository

Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier

KA.0044

Creator

Waldron, Raymond S.

Title

Raymond Waldron papers, 1939-1994

Extent

4 linear ft: 2 boxes, 1 oversize box, 11 oversize folders, stereo slides

Summary

Raymond S. Waldron, Jr. (1913-2002) attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design) from 1938-1941. After serving in World War II, Waldron worked for Lord & Taylor. In 1965, he established his own interior decoration firm. The Raymond Waldron papers include his student work, a travel sketchbook, and professional files. Work from Waldron's years at New York School of Fine and Applied Art include notebooks with graded assignments, instructor handouts, sketches, and tracings; and larger-format renderings of European interiors and sites. A travel sketchbook reflects Waldron's later design studies in New York, France and Italy. Materials from Waldron's professional career include project files, design research, stereo slides of the Blair House, among other projects, and publicity for his business.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Raymond Waldron papers, KA.0044, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical note

Raymond S. Waldron (1913-2002) was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri, transferring in 1938 to Parsons (then the New York School of Fine and Applied Art). Part of his time in school was spent abroad studying at the school's Paris Ateliers (the Paris school closed in October 1939 due to the war, and remained inactive thereafter for nearly a decade). Waldron served in the U.S. Army during World War II, working as a cartographer, designing camouflage nets, and producing architectural drawings following the bombing of Nagasaki. After the war, Waldron went to work for the Interior Design Department of Lord & Taylor in New York City. His most prominent project for Lord & Taylor was designing the renovation of the Queen’s Bedroom in Blair House, the U.S. Presidential guest house in Washington, D.C. In 1965, Waldron left Lord & Taylor to establish his own business, Raymond Waldron, Inc., specializing in the decorative use of eighteenth and nineteenth century antiques. The firm remained active until Waldron’s death.

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Source:

This information is based upon a biographical sketch of Raymond Waldron furnished by Laird Rodet.

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Scope and Contents note

The Raymond Waldron papers include working notebooks and a sketchbook Waldron kept while a student at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. The notebooks include graded assignments as well as instructor handouts, exercises, sketches and tracings for research projects. Other student work includes larger-format gouache renderings of European interiors and sites. A later sketchbook reflects Waldron's studies in New York, France and Italy (possibly as an advanced student in the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France). Also included are project files, design research and publicity for Waldron's interior decorating business, stereo slides of the Blair House and other projects.

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Organization and Arrangement

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - 2008

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Raymond Waldron papers, KA.0044, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Laird Rodet, Peggy J. Roy Rodet, and Melissa Waldron in 2004.

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Related Materials

Fellow Parsons alumnus and designer Lyman Martin interior decoration work and papers (KA.0031) in the New School Archives includes an illustrated travel journal from the same period as Waldron's sketchbook. Entries in Martin's journal indicate they both participated in a Parsons-sponsored European program following their respective service during World War II.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lord & Taylor.
  • New York School of Fine and Applied Art.
  • Paris Ateliers.
  • Parsons School of Design. Interior Design Department.

Genre(s)

  • Notebooks.
  • Renderings.
  • Sketches.
  • Slides (photographs).
  • Student projects.

Occupation(s)

  • Interior designers.

Subject(s)

  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- France -- 20th century.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Raymond Waldron papers, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0044.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical and personal, 1941-2003 

Box Folder
Death Record, 2003 
1 1
Military service, circa 1946 

Consists of a photograph of Waldron in uniform and photo reproduction of his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army, Headquarters, United States Strategic Bombing Survey.

1 2
New York School of Fine and Applied Art diploma, 1941 
1 3
Paintings sold (inventory), 1955 
1 4
Personal library (inventory and notes), before 2002 
1 5

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Series II. Interior design jobs 1941-1987 

Box Folder
Bedroom, rendering, undated 

It is possible that this work was done by Waldron as a student.

k_OSx-4 14
House of Time, floor plans, undated 
1 6
Lord & Taylor: Correspondence, 1949-1965 
1 7
Lord & Taylor: Blair House project: General, 1963-1964 
1 8
Lord & Taylor: Blair House project: Photographs, 1963-1964 
1 9

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Series III. Raymond Waldron, Inc., 1971-1994 1971-1994 

Box Folder
Announcements and advertisements, probably 1971, 1989-1990 
1 10
Clients 1971-1994 
Ayres, Mary 
Billing and correspondence, 1982-1988 
1 11-12
Designs and plans, circa 1982-1988 
1 13
Florida apartment, 1986-1988 
1 14
Quotations and purchases, 1984-1988 
1 15
Freund, 1971-1993 
2 1
Stanley and Sally Leezenbaum, 1973-1994 
2 2
Design for a bed (measured drawing), between 1971 and 1994 
2 3
Office plans, 1987 

Architectural drawings for Waldron's office.

k_OSxxx-5 13
Photographs 

Includes head shot and photographs of Waldron's apartment, which was also his office.

2 4
Stereo slides, undated 
g_1

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Series IV. Student work 1938-1940 or 1941 

Box Folder
Course notebooks and sketchbook 
History of Painting I and II (notebook) 
2 5-6
Interior Architecture and Decoration I and II (notebook) 
2 7-11
Interior Architecture and Decoration II (sketchbook) 
k_13 8
Measured drawings, renderings and studies 

Includes color wheel.

2 12
k_13 9
k_OSx-4 15-16
k_OSxx-5 14-16
k_OSxxx-5 9-10

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Series V. Travel sketchbook 1948-1949, possibly 1953  (Bulk, 1948-1949)

Link to selected images from this series.  

While Waldron received a diploma from the New York School of Fine and Applied Art in 1941, after serving in World War II, he traveled to France and Italy on a lecture tour sponsored by the school. This sketchbook consists of sketches, renderings and notes from the tour, as well as what are possibly sketches made on a return trip that may not have been part of a Parsons tour.

Box Folder
Sketchbook 
k_13 10
Sketchbook inserts and tracings 
k_13 11

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/25/2016

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